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Course content

In this course, you will explore theoretical and practical concepts of Web GIS (Internet GIS).

From a theoretical perspective, you will study the advantages and techniques for publishing, visualizing, and accessing maps on the Internet. You will delve into the architecture of Web GIS/Web mapping systems, markup languages such as HTML, XML, SVG, and GML. Additionally, you will learn about scripting languages, Web cartography, data sharing and geoportals, spatial web services, and OGC standards.

The theoretical part of the course also includes a seminar on legal and ethical issues related to Web GIS. From a practical standpoint, you will learn to develop WebGIS/Web mapping applications, both static and interactive web mapping systems. You will also have the opportunity to work with some famous open source software and libraries used in developing a Web GIS.

Teaching methods

Teaching consists of lectures and practical exercises that you will submit to the teachers. The course ends with a project, a theory exam and a practical exam.

Literature list, NGEN26 / EXTN10

Stefanakis, E. (2015): An introduction to web mapping and geospatial web services. Available at the Geolibrary.

Neumann, A. (2012). Web mapping and web cartography, in Springer handbook of geographic information, Eds.W. Kresse and D. M. Danko, Springer, pp 273-287.

Maguire, D., Longley, P.A. (2005). The emergence of geoportals and their role in spatial data infrastructures (online article), Computer, Environment and Urban Systems, 29, 1, 3-14.

Other compendia and articles may be distributed during the course.

Course coordinator

Course facts

Level: Advanced
Credits: 7.5 ECTS
Period: Autumn, period 1
Language of instruction: English
Prerequisites: General admission requirements and English 6/B, and at least 90 credits in natural sciences or technology of which at least 15 credits should be in geographic information science equivalent NGEA31 Geographical Information Systems, 15 credits or the equivalent knowledge.

Course syllabus (pdf, 221 kb, new window)